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It’s a new era of growth for Northern Soy Marketing (NSM). 

During its June board meeting in Bloomington, Minn., the NSM board elected its officers for Fiscal Year 25, which begins July 1. Minnesota farmer Glen Groth (pronounced Growth) was elected as chair, replacing Benson, Minn., farmer Patrick O’Leary, who remains on the board as a director.  

“I’m excited to represent NSM and continue promoting our soy quality message to our international customers,” said Groth, who farms near Ridgeway. “We grow a premium product that’s grown with care, and as we move into FY25, I’m looking forward to meeting more customers, learning what their needs are and figuring out ways that we can meet those needs.” 

Glen farms with his wife, Melinda, and grows soybeans and corn, along with raising hay and dairy heifers in southeastern Minnesota. A director with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Groth has served on NSM since 2021. 

David Struck of Wolsley, S.D., was appointed as NSM vice chair and Nancy Kavazanjian, from Beaver Dam, Wis., was slated to return as treasurer. 

“NSM represents the northern tier of soybean states,” Struck said, “so I’m eager to serve as vice chair and continue giving soybean growers in our member states their own voice.” 

Along with FY25 officer elections, NSM’s June board meeting featured budget reviews, administrative reports and an FY24 recap. With the end of FY24 right around the corner, NSM is looking forward to capitalizing on the momentum its built and continuing to promote the nutritional and financial advantages of northern-grown soy. 

“The second year is always a little easier than the first year,” Kavazanjian said. “I’m excited to serve another term as treasurer and to help focus NSM’s regional efforts.”